With high profile names such as NME dropping out of Philadelphia’s biggest tournament due to winter storm Jonas, only the strong braved the blizzard to compete for a piece of the $10,000 prize pool at Fragadelphia 7.
I showed up Friday afternoon just before the blizzard hit. I was walking around taking pictures when someone asked me if I play CS:GO. It turned out that the last two members of their squad dropped out at the last second and they needed a fifth. We lost a solid 16-2 and 16-4 in our Bo3 against Velocity. I can only walk away happy knowing that I wasn’t bottom frag. Our top frag was Theia, a 16-year-old girl who is ranked Global and sports a CLG Red hoodie.
Due to the snowstorm and technical difficulties, the event started at very different times each of the 3 days, and often ended between 2 and 3 in the morning.
The biggest name at the tournament was Roca, who was playing with a few friends under the name Roca’s Complexity. During my time at the event I befriended his teammate FGB’s older brother YerpS1g. YerpS1g is 1.6 veteran who takes credit for molding his brother into a top tier North American player and strongly believes that he has what it takes to go pro.
Roca’s pug (Ak-nY, KarbonMAYne, FGB, Roca, miKnutty) fought through the lower bracket with four bo3 and a bo5 grand final with plenty of overtimes before winning it all on the final day. They knocked out ESEA Main team VexX gaming and beat WinOut.Net’s ESEA Premier lineup at 2 in the morning to be crowned champions in front of a single-digit number of fans, Fragadelphia staff, and a few thousand viewers on Azubu.